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Graduate Studies

User Experience Design

Graduates of the User Experience (UX) Design program will expand future possibilities in people’s daily lives through products, environments, systems and services that are enhanced by technologically mediated human interactions.

The Program

This program is situated at the intersection of technology and creative practice. Here, students learn how to design technologically mediated systems and experiences, and human interactions with objects, spaces, and interfaces. Through in-depth user research, iterative prototyping, and usability testing, students will explore experiences amidst new and emerging technologies in areas including artificial intelligence (AI), extended reality (XR), robotics, smart mobility, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

UX Design is currently a STEM-designated program. International students completing this program qualify to apply for the STEM OPT (optional practical training) extension.

Degrees Offered

The 30-credit MA (initial degree) is the first year of the 60-credit MFA (terminal degree), with classes focusing on professional and technical skills and knowledge. During the second year, students embark on an independently defined critical enquiry.
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The program is grounded in creativity, speculative thinking, and experimental practices in response to rich socio- and techno-cultural themes. With access to CCS’s world-class studios and resources, students further their own skills and knowledge through hands-on learning. Critical inquiry and design provocations sharpen insights as students become adept with models of interaction, experience, and communication.

Students will learn to sketch and prototype with hardware and software for design ideation and development and apply code to bring creative concepts to life. Students will also learn about physical and cognitive ergonomics in human-machine and system interactions.


User experience (UX) design
Interaction design
Design research
Digital visualization
Content design
Systems design
Human factors research and cognitive ergonomics
Automotive UX and smart mobility
User interface (UI) design
Digital business and entrepreneurship
Service design
Academic research (Ph.D.)


Featured Alumni


Christine Montalbano

User Experience Designer


Pamela Schmieder

User Experience Designer
Consumers Energy


Niti Punjabi

UX Researcher


Chunxiao (Lulu) Lu

Senior Experience Designer


Jharna Kakati,

Senior Experience Designer


Roland Frohman III

Design Lead, Bissell Connect & IOT
BISSELL Homecare, Inc.


Brendan Quinn

Senior UX Designer


Khyati Shah

Director, Design Experience
Rocket Companies

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